Police are trying to locate the parents after a boy was allegedly left locked in a vehicle.

About 11.15am (Thursday 18 January 2018), officers from Harbourside Local Area Command were called to a block of units in Powell Street, Neutral Bay, after being alerted to a child locked in a vehicle, Police have said in a statement.

Police arrived and saw a distressed boy, possibly aged between two to three, locked in a Kia; they broke a window to remove the child.

The boy was checked by NSW Ambulance paramedics and was reported to have mild dehydration.

It’s alleged the child was in the vehicle for approximately 40 minutes.

The parents of the child have not yet been located and investigations are continuing.

This incident has prompted police to encourage parents and carers to be aware of the risks associated with leaving children alone in the car:

– There is a risk of being abducted if they are left alone in a car, even if the car is locked.
– On a typical summer day, the temperature inside a car (even with the windows rolled down a little) can quickly rise above 50 to 60 degrees.

– Even on a relatively mild day, the temperature inside a car can get above 40 degrees.
– At those temperatures, children are at great risk for heat stroke, which can lead to a high fever, dehydration, seizures, stroke and death.

– Anyone who sees a child left unattended in a vehicle is urged to contact 000 and help make sure the child gets out as soon as possible.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


The father of a boy rescued from a hot car in Sydney today says he forgot his son was asleep on the backseat and drove to work.

The three-year-old boy was spotted in a Kia Carnival outside a block of units on Powell Street in Neutral Bay at 11.15am this morning.

“I was doing something around the window and looked outside and noticed a little arm was making little movements in the car,” witness Miller Lu said.

Authorities believe the distressed boy had been in the car for around three hours by the time police were able to break a window and rescue him.

Following a two-hour search, the child’s father, French national Richard Ligault, was located and rushed to the boy’s beside. The child has since been released.

Mr Ligault told 9NEWS he had dropped his older son at school and went to work, but forgot the other boy was still in the back seat.

“It was a rough night,” he said. “I went to drop off my kid at the school,  he fell asleep in the car.  “I thought I had dropped him off and I went straight to work.”

Police spoken with the boy’s parents but no charges have yet been laid.


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  • As a parent myself, one who’s suffered sleepless nights, juggled work and family etc etc etc……I just cannot fathom how a parent can forget where a child is. It’s not something I can comprehend


  • It seems parents should have something attach to their key ring to remind them to check whether or not the kids are in the car


  • How can you possibly forget where your child is ……. no excuse in the world would wash!


  • This happens way too often. Kids and pets repeatedly left in cars on hot days. I know stress from raising children, but I cannot understand how you can forget a child. It’s something I’ve never done


  • Thank God the boy is ok !
    We don’t know the ins and outs of this story. But I wonder what type of a rough night dad meant when he said “It was a rough night.” One thing I do know is that we all can make little and big mistakes when we’re tired or stressed.


  • It’s amazing how often this type of things happens.


  • The father was apparently very tired, the child fell asleep in the car and he forgot to drop the kid at school. Luckily that nothing worse happened!


  • They dont deserve to be parents. :(


  • disgusting!! lock them up and throw away the key!


  • How are people still doing this? Every summer this is still happening even though we know exactly how dangerous it is.


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